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By Chabella Guzman, PREEC communications

Growers getting their ground ready for planting this year may have some questions regarding soil health and keeping their lands productive. They can now find assistance with those questions from the Soil Health Exchange. A new online discussion forum hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln CropWatch. 

“This forum is specifically designed to connect and communicate with producers and stakeholders in the fields of soil health and management,” said Saurav Das, research assistant professor at Panhandle Research, Extension, and Education Center in Scottsbluff. The goal is to bridge the gap between research and its real-world application in agriculture and improve soil health management adoption. 

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The 2024 Beef Feedlot Roundtable Series is an event that you won’t want to miss! We encourage feedlot owners, managers, employees, and allied industry to join Nebraska Extension February 13-15 in a series of meetings across the state as we dive into a series of timely topics covering feedlot management.

By Brad Lubben, UNL Extension Policy Specialist, Jessica Groskopf, Nebraska Extension Educator

Nebraska USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding producers now is the time to make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2024 crop year. The signup period is open through March 15, 2024, and producers are encouraged to begin working with their USDA county Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to complete the process. Producers can learn about the ARC and PLC options for 2024 during a series of workshops hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Agricultural Profitability (CAP) and Nebraska FSA that will be held across the state in February. 

The 2024 Nebraska Dry Bean Day will be held on February 13, featuring the Nebraska Dry Bean Growers Association’s (NDBGA) annual meeting and updates on bean-related research in Nebraska. 

Registration and an opportunity to visit vendor booths begin at noon. The program begins at 1 p.m. with welcomes from Dan Hinman, NDBGA president, and Courtney Schuler, chair of the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission. The NDBGA annual meeting and voting takes place at 1:10 p.m. Bill Boyer, market manager/weather analyst from KNEB, will provide a 2024 weather outlook.

The Nebraska Extension will be hosting seven land application (manure) training workshops throughout February and March at several locations across the state. These hands-on workshops will focus on turning manure nutrients into better crop yield while protecting the environment. The sessions will be in Columbus on February 12, Geneva on February 13, Scottsbluff on February 19, Lexington on February 20, Norfolk on February 29, West Point on March 5, and Ord on March 6.

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